This month marks an interesting personal anniversary for me. It was 20 years ago that I posted the first WebQuest ever published for mass consumption. My colleague and the originator of the idea, Bernie Dodge, had created two for students we team-taught at San Diego State University, but I had the honour of writing and posting the first publicly available WebQuest. Because I was on a three-year fellowship at the time with the single task of developing things that would help teachers, students and librarians use the Web, I had the opportunity to become something of a global expert in writing and evolving WebQuests.
Two truths are clear. Technology changes rapidly and schools change very slowly.
Large organisations rely on people, each with their jobs to do. And what each does impacts on the whole. Decades back it was recognised that how people ‘saw their jobs’ undermines or adds value to what they do, thus affecting the organisation’s overall success.
Innovation is an interesting concept, perhaps a little like other big ideas such as ‘excellence’ and ‘beauty’ where each person enjoys a slightly different flavour, but all know it when they see it. If people had to define it in the abstract, they would never reach a suitable agreement. People agree that innovations are new ideas, approaches, products or processes; they often help society do, see or think in new ways. Against the backdrop of current norms, innovations standout as ‘different’. But difference is not all that is required to make something truly innovative.
Introducing Tom March: Principal Consultant for K-12 Teaching and Learning
How can you integrate five great pedagogies into your curriulum strategy?
Edumate sees curriculum as richer than textbooks and learning as more than final results. We also believe that families send their children to schools, not particular teachers or year levels. As such, the day-to-day education provided by schools should be driven by their core values with teaching of the same high quality regardless of the course or level. The Edumate software suite supports achieving this consistent quality across a school by leveraging key components of a school’s curriculum to produce six specific benefits that lead to continuous improvement.
Improving every students' success has always been the heart of Edumate. Version 5.1 of Edumate heralds a major step forward in how schools can achieve their unique goals by embedding them into each classroom's daily learning activities.
Many in society have personally experienced the power of technology to enrich their learning. Such things as social media, on-demand audio-video streams and an unlimited array of newspapers, magazines and special-interest communities make this the best time for accessing learning opportunities that humanity has ever known.
How do schools get better at achieving goals that are most important to them? We have been exploring this question in a series of free Curriculum Breakfast Masterclasses held in Australian capital cities. Besides an opportunity to meet great educators, we have received positive feedback on the direction we’ve taken with Edumate’s Curriculum Mapping and Delivery software. This software helps schools accurately map their curriculum back to their required standards, as well as embed their own school’s values, vision, and frameworks directly into unit planning.